A mere two weeks after the release of Borderlands 3, the Porcelain Pipe Bomb was found to be an overly broken mechanic, and now, has officially received a nerf by the developers. The Porcelain Pipe Bomb had reached comical levels of power, thanks to its functionality not working as intended. The core issue is that the grenade, rather than explode only once like a grenade should, was instead exploding over and over again when colliding with certain objects.
As a result, players were sharing the news online. The item became popular to farm the most difficult content in the game, doing far more damage than one should be able to - even when fully investing into an appropriate skill tree with a character like Moze. The recent patch corrects any possible abuse of the mechanics, and states, “Addressed a reported concern with 'Porcelain Pipe Bomb' where it set off multiple explosions when colliding with objects.”
Players can still acquire the Porcelain Pipe Bomb, and still should since it is useful even outside of its unbalanced form. Finding it is a simple matter of first heading to Eden-6, which one should reach by playing the main story of the game. Once there, players need to head over to the Floodmoor Basin – Reliance location and check the bounty board. There, the bounty is titled “Raiders of the Lost Rock”. Completing this grants access to the weapon, which is still a great pickup for those who love all things explosive. Players are advised not to look up that quest online unless they are comfortable with spoilers, since it relates to an area that needs to be explored as part of the main story.
Beyond this, the patch also brings several much-needed performance fixes that have been a persistent nuisance since launch. The biggest fixes dealt with things like actions meant to only activate a small group would activate an entire area, or block mission progression and locking players from advancing, to graphical glitches in the various UI screens.
Apart from these small fixes and the nerf to the Porcelain Pipe Bomb, the most important fixes relate to PC stability. With that said, there is still a way to go before the game is in the place it should have been in launch. Still, players are enjoying the game it seems, and sales have been through the roof.